Those Evil Algorithms

Those Evil Algorithms

I've written before how it's "unexpected" that AI (and body cams), intended to be fair and impartial, suddenly are "racist" and "sexist". Now it's the turn of algorithms intended to make justice more impartial. Per wired, the subheader: "A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks." Further in: Kentucky lawmakers thought requiring that judges consult an algorithm when deciding whether to hold a defendant in jail before trial would make the state’s justice system cheaper and fairer by setting…

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Chernobyl

Chernobyl

The series on HBO has come to an end, and while in some ways it suffers from the usual dragging pace of binge-watch oriented series, and the previously mentioned "lets make a representative scientist character, who know more than all her coworkers, a woman" - significantly toned down after the introductory episode - is still a solid retelling of the Chernobyl disaster. The infogalactic article is a long one covering the accident in more depth as well as alternate hypothesis regarding the sequence of events and responsibility/issues. Long story short - a perfect storm design flaws, piss poor training,…

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The APA and Masculinity

The APA and Masculinity

I originally wasn't going to write about this as it's all too easy to fall into yet another pointless scream-and-shout about it, but after letting it simmer for a while, I think it's well worth writing taking the time. First, a vid from a psychologist who takes issue with the new APA guidelines and makes a few good points about how shitty they truly are. It's not much of an exaggeration to say that he's putting his license on the line... OK. Since I still keep track of Ars for tech news - it's one of the few that hasn't…

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"Weird" and Woo-Woo Beliefs

"Weird" and Woo-Woo Beliefs

OK. I mentioned the other day that I understand rabbit holes that smart people go down. Looking back, I wasn't sufficiently clear, because I strongly implied that I was above it, not in the sense that I didn't go down them, but that I had completely come back out of all of them, and now agreed with what all the "smart" people say is true. I haven't. "Woo-woo beliefs" Moon First of all, while I'm certain for a number of reasons that we did put men on the moon, that doesn't mean that NASA hasn't pulled…

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We (Don't) Have the Technology (Anymore, but) We can Rebuild It

We (Don't) Have the Technology (Anymore, but) We can Rebuild It

There are few things that drive me more up the wall than crappy reasoning behind why the moon landings were faked. Now, I'm not part of the "it was a fake" crowd, but given the pressures we were operating udner, the conspiracy to murder Kennedy, etc., I could understand people asking questions. And one of the problems smart people have is that we can go down some very strange rabbit holes indeed when working outside of our areas of expertise - one day I may go into how long I spent digging through planets-in-collision type stuff a la…

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A Few Videos

One of the channels I've paid attention to for the last year or so goes by the name Aydin Paladin. One of the rare non-leftists in the social sciences, she looks copiously backs up her videos with deep dives into the actual results of studies. This can be somewhat pedantic at times, but it's useful to see the actual statistics and not what's usually reported. I know a lot of you guys are short on time so I'll tell you up front: if you have only time for one, look at the one on asylums. I know a guy who's…

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Two Movies and Climate Science

Two Movies and Climate Science

Scott Adams has been posting quite a bit on the subject recently. All of this of course from a persuasion outlook, and specifically, for calling out BS and when people don’t have the answers they claim they do. Tucker then asked Nye a simple question about climate science. He asked how much of the warming is caused by human activity. Nye’s entire ego depended on knowing whether human activity is contributing to climate change in a big way, a medium way, or a small way. Tucker wanted some details. How much difference do humans make? After all, Nye…

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